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Introducing My Little Green “To Read” Bookcase

My Little Green To Read BookcaseA good writer reads – simple.  Sadly I purchase far more books than I currently have time to read.  So, I’d like to introduce you to my little green bookcase - it holds my “To-Read” books.

A tiny bookcase, that I remember buying as a single gal and struggling to put together in my first home, which now stands at the top of the staircase and is groaning under the weight.

Anyway, I was thumbing through the books the other day

hunting for my next read… and I have to confess some of the novels have sat patiently for near on eight years… honest, how naughty is that?

I have previously slapped a self imposed book ban on myself, as a means of decreasing my “To-Read” pile but I think drastic measures are in order before hubby threatens to step in.  So, I have selected six books that I promise to read by the end of the year:

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (current read)

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

A Night To Remember – Walter Lord

Captain Scott – Ranulph Fiennes

One Day – David Nicholls

What books do you have lying around in your “To Read” pile? 
Do you tend to get carried away and buy more books than you have time to read?

About Bernadette ODwyer

Bernadette O’Dwyer is an author based in Warwickshire, UK currently honing her second novel, whilst submitting her debut novel to literary agents. In her spare time she creates short stories for fiction magazines and some poetry.

A founding member of The Mad Hatter’s Writers’ Group of Atherstone, she regularly attends the Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle in Coalville.

Bernadette works full-time as an English teacher in a local secondary school.

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  • Lucy Catten July 30, 2013, 2:47 pm

    Oh yes oh yes oh yes! So I am not alone; Phew! I actually rarely keep books unless they make a big impression on me, so my completely full bookshelves are nearly all ‘to be read’ and are testament to the fact that I buy at a far greater pace than I read. A current selection of ‘to be read’ includes Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections and Sarah Walters Fingersmith.

    • Bernadette O'Dwyer August 1, 2013, 8:36 am

      Lucy – you are not alone. I’ve always had an obsession with book buying – as I frequently remind my hubby, ‘they’re cheaper than shoes!’.

      I see that Sarah Walters is on your list – I scared myself to death with her ‘The Little Stranger’ – shows how the smallest of details (a scratching noise) can be so scary.

  • Bea Davenport July 30, 2013, 9:53 am

    I loved this post, Bernadette. I think so many writers will recognise themselves here! I too have a huge (dusty) section of the bookshelves where the “to read” pile ends up. But if I am honest there are books there that I’ve picked up, read the back and shoved back on the shelf again – will they ever be read, I wonder?

    • Bernadette O'Dwyer August 1, 2013, 8:42 am

      Bea – you’re so right. I will confess I have done exactly the same – I’m too embarrassed to name the books. I bought them as the world and his wife thought they were super reads and yet, urghhhhhh, every time I select and read the blurb, I pop it back. Naughty really.

      I keep promising to have a clear out as I have three other bookcases – all read, I promise. I simply can’t part with my books, in fact I have ‘willed’ them to my local library upon my death – morbid thought but hey, I couldn’t leave out my prize possessions.

      • Tony at the Word August 3, 2013, 1:48 pm

        Hmmmm! Perhaps half the books printed should go alongside George Foreman’s Grills as products often bought but seldomly used!!! I’m just wondering that of all the books ever printed (or produced electronically for that matter) how many ever get read. I’m sure that, unfortunately, it will be a low percentage.

        I have to confess to being the same as those contributing to this article – more unread books than I know what to do with. Amongst the list are:

        Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
        Flights of Love – Bernhard Schlink
        A Quiet Vendetta – R J Ellory (an author I’ve had the pleasure of meeting)
        The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham
        Dead Air – Iain Banks
        A Week in December – Sebastian Faulks

        to name but a few.

        I’ve just started Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jnr., a book that I borrowed from a friend about five years ago!

        As said by Frank Zappa, “So many books, so little time”.

        • Bernadette O'Dwyer August 10, 2013, 12:52 pm

          Tony – Heller’s Catch 22 is somewhere on the green bookcase.
          Zappa’s quote is so true – one reason why my hubby refuses to finish a poor read, whereas me, I have to slog through to the end. Maybe that’s where I’m going wrong? I should bail out of bad reads.